THE FIRST COMMAND: IQRA – Its Impact On Global Intellectualism And The Renaissance

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For nearly a thousand years, the early Muslims were the best scholars and scientists in the world. This book provides the history of Muslim intellectualism and its impact starting from that period in three sections:


  • Why and how the early Muslims became the intellectual leaders of the world.
  • How the Muslim scholars’ contributions shaped global intellectualism including the Renaissance.
  • Finally, how Muslim intellectualism regressed to the pathetic level that is witnessed today.
  • This is the first book ever to cover Muslim intellectualism in all through the ages to the present in a comprehensive manner. 


This book is a result of years of research and analysis of a variety of disciplines. It provides remarkable new information and analytic insight that will amaze all readers.

 Unknown to many, the modern world has been shaped and is indebted to Muslim scholars of the past for their contributions in all aspects of knowledge. Social emancipation, academic excellence, scientific and technical advancement, literary and philosophical brilliance—Muslims have contributed prodigiously to them all.

M. Jamal Haider is a full time writer, and has studied in universities in Sydney, Nottingham and Dhaka. He is currently doing PhD research on ‘Muslim Intellectualism’ in Western Sydney University and is also a student of Sydney Islamic College studying various Islamic disciplines. He is also a research paper reviewer for the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies. Previously, he had worked as a Deputy Director in a government geological research organisation in Dhaka.

Previous books by the author:

‘Daughters of Eve: Islam and Female Emancipation. This book narrates a comparative analysis of female status through the three ages – ancient age, Islamic age and modern age.

The First Command: Iqra and its influence on Global Intellectualism and Renaissance.’ This book narrates how the early Muslims became the best intellects and scholars in the world and what caused their regression that can be seen in contemporary times.

In the Name of the Lord’—A history of knowledge and religion through civilisations from an Islamic perspective. This book provides a wide understanding about how knowledge and religion advanced over time.